Today is the last day of summer – officially. While we are enjoying a very long and extremely hot summer here in NZ, drought is evident at every turn.
Evenings however are closing in, nights are cooling off and although we burn and roast in the sun during the day it is lovely, albeit tinged with sadness, that an extra layer is needed at night.
Of course Autumn brings the abundance of harvest!
We planted these apple trees only three years ago and this year they have tons of apples! This seems like the best sort of magic to me, pure alchemy. I think as we planted them and have nurtured them (hugs, chats, Reiki…)it seems even more special to have such gorgeous fruit on them.
Next to them we have an old, old pear tree that has continuously produced a bountiful harvest each year.
Charlie is the number one picker as he is still, just small enough to climb up and pick where the rest of us cannot reach.
He is a hard worker and happily clambers up the tree, scratching and scraping himself while filling a bag!
Charlie manages to get right up the tree even though it isn’t a huge one.
Even after we have picked three large boxes there is still heaps left to pick. That is tomorrow’s job and the next days….
I just love the abundance of Autumn – a true reminder of the miraculous way the natural world works. And how there is enough for us all, if we only manage the natural resources that have so generously been entrusted into our care.